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Sketch of the original Paston building

Paston Sixth Form College is a sixth form college in the town of North Walsham in the English county of Norfolk. It was created in 1984 from a merger between the Paston School and North Walsham High School for Girls.

Students come to Paston from a wide geographical area of rural, coastal and Broadland Norfolk: from nearby high schools in Acle, Aylsham, Cromer, Martham (Flegg), North Walsham, Sheringham, Stalham and Wroxham (Broadland), and also from North Norwich, Reepham and further afield in Norfolk.


The curriculum is wide for a college of its size with over 60 AS/A courses AS and A level and 4 BTEC Extended Diplomas [equivalent to A-level]. Performing Arts are a feature of Paston with its own student theatre company. "Far East Theatre".

The college occupies the buildings of its 2 predecessor schools. The two sites include buildings dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, set in extensive lawns in the centre of the town.

Paston School[edit]

The Paston School, a grammar school was founded in 1606 by Sir William Paston, a libertarian, local magistrate, landowner and a member of an important local family. The emblem of the school was the griffin, which, along with six fleur de lys and the motto De mieux en mieux pour tout ("From good to better everywhere"), featured on the school coat of arms.[1]

North Walsham High School for Girls[edit]

The grammar school for girls was founded in the early years of the 20th century, becoming a Norfolk county girls grammar school in 1919. The present College's Lawns Site was the site of the school. The founders of the school were the Misses Cooke and the girls were known locally as "Cookies".

Notable former pupils[edit]

The school is famous as the school of Admiral Lord Nelson, who attended the school with his brother William 1768-1771. The college still holds a small collection of artefacts relating to Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. It was also attended by William Hoste, a naval commander who served under Nelson. Another famous old boy is Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury - 1691-1715. Later former pupils include the actor and writer Stephen Fry,[2] Robin Nash, Head of Variety and then Head of Comedy at the BBC, Clive Baker, former goalkeeper with Norwich City, Barnsley F.C., Coventry City and Ipswich Town,[3] Allan Smethurst, The Singing Postman and Craig Murray, activist and former ambassador.

Amongst those who attended North Walsham High School for Girls are Baroness Gillian Shephard, politician and former Conservative Secretary of State for Education and Employment and Carole Walker a BBC political correspondent. Sam Kelly, a musician who appeared on Britain's Got Talent, attended the school in its current form.


  1. ^ A History of the Paston School - Charles Forder, second edition 1975
  2. ^ Moab is my Washpot - Stephen Fry
  3. ^ http://www.tmwmtt.com/sql/players/profile.phtml?&last=baker&first=clive

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°49′13″N 1°23′10″E / 52.8204°N 1.3861°E / 52.8204; 1.3861

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Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Sun, 03 May 2015 06:02:07 -0700

The committee would be contacting Paston College to ask about borrowing memorabilia connected with Lord Nelson, a one-time pupil, for display at the centre. Martyn Miles, who has been landlord of The Feathers for the past seven years and is also in ...
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Fri, 01 May 2015 14:24:16 -0700

It was won by 16-year-old students Roisin Finnegan and Rebecca Morgan who were chosen from 18 hopefuls at the town's Cottage pub. Roisin, from Connaught Road, is studying at Paston College including photography and film-making which has seen her ...

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 23:03:19 -0700

Janet Acott, mum of 17 year old David Acott who died from a rare form of cancer, with a replica of a plaque of the door of a family room at Camberwell House in London in memory of David, pictured with Richard Hamilton holding Copper and Howard Acott.

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:26:15 -0700

A new one-hour play, The Boy Preference, is being staged by Paston Sixth Form College's Far East Theatre Company at the Sheringham Little Theatre this weekend. Share link. shares. http://edp24.co.uk/1.3987319. It is a contemporary exploration of a near ...

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Wed, 07 May 2014 23:56:15 -0700

Poll: Is Aylsham mum right to be angry at Paston College's travel subsidy offer to out-of-area students? 08:00 08 May 2014. Alex Hurrell. Jo Chandler and her daughters Paris, right, a Paston College student, and Chloe, who starts there in September, at ...

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:52:30 -0700

Nicola Lucking, chairman of the Paston College Corporation, plants an oak tree to mark the institution's 30th anniversary. Also pictured is current college principal Kevin Grieve. Picture: SUBMITTED. Archant. Paston Sixth Form College has marked its ...

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Mon, 19 May 2014 00:02:57 -0700

Past Paston College arts students include Ryan House - whose stage name is Ryan Starling - an actor and TV presenter, and Dan Shorten, an award-winning director and designer who lectures at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. □ Is your college ...

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:41:15 -0800

Students at Paston Sixth Form College who have won 2014 places at Oxford and Cambridge universities, pictured with Paston principal Kevin Grieve. From left: Emily Grapes (Stalham High School), Adam Wicks (Sprowston High School), Ella Letort (Acle ...

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